If you are planning a Granada weekend and don´t have long to spend in this magical city. You´ll want to know the ´must see´ spots around the city.

With this in mind I have written this plan for 48h in Granada. Helping you to make the most out of your Granada weekend.

This post is also available in Spanish. Leer este artículo en castellano aquí. 

Bib Rambla Granada with children

A perfect plan: 48h Granada weekend

Friday in Granada

  • Arrive Friday afternoon. Check in to accomodation. Put on comfy shoes.
  • If you have free time in the afternoon, walk to Bib Rambla square. See the streets around the Alcaiceria and Cathedral. You could also see La Madraza. This was the Koranic school hundreds of years ago. Inside this has some beautiful architectural features (entrance opposite the Capilla Real) (visit 30-40 mins)
  • 8.30pm Head out for tapas. The are hundreds of places to choose from. Keep it simple and select places from my recent blog post: 10 Granada Tapas bars by Style or you can walk along to Calle Navas and choose a place you like the look of.  If you are looking for a less busy area, walk to the end of Calle Navas to Calle Rosario. A further option would be to try the tapas places in Plaza Trinidad or Plaza Romanilla.
  • Mojito anyone? Try the Hotel Alhambra Palace for a selection of Mocktails and good G&T´s too. The view is pretty epic from their terrace bar. Another good place for a Mojito is the rooftop terrace of the Fontecruz hotel on Gran Via.

Tapas Eat in Granada Spain

Saturday morning

  • If breakfast is not included in your accomodation, head to a café that looks popular with the locals.
  • Ask for fresh orange juice and café con leche. If you want the coffee milky, ask for Leche manchada.
  • Usually most places will have Croissants and other pastries available. One of my favourites is suizo, they serve this hot with butter and jam. Ask for Suizo mixto. Mollete is a local style of bread. This makes your toast a little more interesting. Standard toast comes with Spanish ham, cheese, boiled ham, jam or butter.  Some people even ask for it with just olive oil.
  • The Alhambra palace. As you will know you will need to buy Alhambra tickets ahead of time. During certain times of the year, you may need to book months ahead (particularly in April, May, Easter week, Early Summertime June/July) If possible choose morning visits (rather than afternoon ones)
  • To get to the entrance you can take a bus from Isabel La Catolica statue on Gran Via. A taxi will cost around 6 euros from Plaza Nueva. (ask the driver for Taquilla Alhambra) You may also find this useful; practical tips for a first visit to the Alhambra.

Gay friendly Granada Alhambra palace

Saturday Afternoon

  • Shopping along Calle Recogidas, Calle Mesones and Calle Zacatin. For souvenirs see my ideas here
  • Stop off for Coffee and Cake in La Isla on Acerca del Darro opposite El Corte Ingles. Ask for a local pionono or if it´s Eastertime ask for a Torrija
  • Chill out at the Banos Arabes Hammam Al Andalus or the Aljibes de San miguel followed by a mint tea at at typical teahouse.
  • For Saturday evening have dinner at the Mirador de Morayma Restaurant set in a beautiful Carmen in the Albayzin neighbourhood. For foodies you may like to head to Alvaro Arriaga´s modern restaurant for contemporary cuisine with views of the mountains. Restaurante Arriagas Walk through Andalucia costs around 80 euros per person and is impeccably presented.

Alhambra Granada with Children Granada weekend

Sunday in Granada

  • Breakfast: Try chocolate and churros on the square at Bib Rambla or at the Café futbol at Mariana Pineda square.
  • Walk up to the Mirador de San Nicolas. Start at Plaza Nueva, walk along Caldereria Nueva, up past the San Gregorio church and keep heading up. When you get to the viewpoint at the top, enjoy the view. After stop of for a tapa at the nearby Kiki San Nicolas. If you prefer to take the bus up (the walk is steep and along some cobbles) the red microbuses leave from Plaza Nueva. Lines C1 and C2. Ask the driver for Plaza San Nicolas and he will shout when at the stop. Lunch in the Albaicin at Casa Torcuato on Calle Agua
  • Inside of heading to the Albaicin. Plan B is to wander along to Corrala del Carbon, just off Reyes Catolicos. Then head to the Royal Chapel and the Cathedral. For lunch try CousCous at Restaurante Arrayanes for an authentic moroccan experience. If you go there you must try Mustafa´s zingy lemonade.  Find this at Cuesta Marañas, just up from the teterias on Caldereria Nueva. Or more traditional fare at the popular Taberna Salinas on Calle Elvira.
  • Free time in the afternoon. Walk along the River Genil and Paseo del Salon. Stop off at Kiosko Las Titas for a cool drink or coffee by the river.

Hammam granada close to Plaza Nueva

Best time to visit Granada

If you are wondering when is the best time of the year for your Granada weekend ? See this Granada Calendar of what happens throughout the year.

If you have more than just a weekend in Granada, why not head out into Granada province and discover the fabulous landscapes?

Did you already enjoy a Granada weekend or holiday? What would you add to this plan?

 



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